Oktober Fest | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Oktober FestOktober Fest

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by jakester on 08-20-2005

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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of OneEyedJack
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of jsisko01
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a copper/amber color with a half inch thick head that dissipates after a minute. Has a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts, caramel, and earthy.

Taste - Has a very nice caramel flavor to it.. And is also very sweet with lightly toasted malts. Biscuits in the finish along with a subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - This is a very good Oktoberfest, compared to most..

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Photo of Gtijr06
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Oktober Fest has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, heavy, splotchy lacing, and a hazy, copper appearance with some streaming bubbles and a lot of suspended, tiny, white particles floating throughout. The aroma is sweet, toasty, bready, and caramel. Taste is similar, with even some hint of citrus in there. The hop bitterness is mild, but it does have enough presence to balance out the beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Stoudts Oktober Fest finishes dry, mellow, drinkable, and delicious. This is a wonderful beer, and I think you should check it out!


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Photo of flyingmick
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Cogito
4.5/5  rDev +25%

As far as this style is concerned, this beer has a good flavor with a slight bitterness making it a good Oktoberfest choice for those who tend to prefer IPAs. I give it a 4.5 from within the Märzen / Oktoberfest style and probably a 4.0 overall.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass at Stoudt's on 08.20.05...

Much has been made about Stoudt's brews being moved entirely in-house. Let me just say this - very well done. Granted, when I had initially tried this brew, some almost 2 years ago, it left me disappointed and scratching my head. Truth be told, I believe this one is heading in the right direction.

The copper brew presented before me with a faint head at first, which left whisps of lace along the innards of the glass through its consumption.

Doughy, bready maltiness in the nose, but overly so. A nice touch of hops just for good measure to round things out.

Smooth, very smooth on the palate. The maltiness was controlled well, and the sprinkling of hops made its way in there as well.

Highly drinkable. Not overly rich like some Marzen's can be. Hardly a malt monster. This is just a very solid Oktoberfest.

Admittedly, I have had only imported Oktoberfests from Germany (having never had them from their respective sources). Nevertheless, I believe this is what an Oktoberfest should really be. A more-malty version of a Munich Helles lager, with a ton of drinkability.

Damn, damn fine. My advice - if you have tried this one before, seek it out and give it another try.

As an aside, I believe this brew, in particular, needs a new listing as "Oktoberfest" if for no other reason than the fact that Stoudt's has brought the brewing of this Bier completely in house (not to be confused with its contract brewed bastard of a counterpart, Stoudt's Fest). In addition, Stoudt's will not be offering the Oktoberfest all year 'round, as they did with the Fest. The Oktoberfest, as it was explained to me, will only be available during the appropriate fall months.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice dark orange head, creamy lace around the glasses. Malty smell offset by slight alcohol tendencies. Goes down really well, slightly sweet but offset by spice and warmth of subtle hop and alcohol. Smooth drinking, great for a warm-up in the Cold when the fall comes. Much bettter than other versions I've had, they stuck to the proper recipe and made it their own.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored with a decent light beige head and nice carbonation. Nutty and grainy malt aromas dominate but with some hop character at the start. Nutty and grainy flavors are very nicely balanced. Light-medium bodied with a dry malty grain finish.

I very nice O-fest albeit a bit pricey...

I wonder if this is the same as the old "Stoudt's Fest" which won the following GABF medals: 1991 - Gold (Marzen-Oktoberfest) and
1992 - Gold (Marzen-Oktoberfest). I had the Fest in the past and seem to think this one is better than that was...

Best Before: 01/13/06 (lasered on neck) / '5252' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 12/21/05

($8.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This past Wednesday at Bocktown Eddie Stoudt came and hosted a tasting. So I have been blessed with draft versions of Stoudt's Pils, APA, and Oktobefest all weekend. Enough about my love for these PA breweries let's talk about this bottled festbier I'm about to crack open.

Pours with a copper body large off white head about two finger width and dwindles down at a slow and steady pace lacing forms in patches pretty evenly with each sip. Since the clarity of the beer is so nice you can see steady streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of my pint.

Aromatics provide mild toasted nut with sweet caramel accents with an even flow of Noble hops bring some spicy grassy, mild citrus, and herbal hop qualities to my senses. There's a somewhat metallic mineral edge with some fresh cut green apple tartness coming through just a bit.

Flavor equates to the reason why we call beer liquid bread. The roasted malt flavor packs enough hearty sweetness with mild toasted almonds and pure breadiness this beer has to offer. The balancing flavor with the mineral water crispness and spicy herbaceous hop character really make this beer the best O fest I've come across so far. Finishes with a tamed skunk herbal tone, grassy, with mild citrus peel hop flavor combo you can't really go wrong especially with ample bitterness to boot.

Medium bodied brew sturdy carbonation that tickles the throat with out being too heavy. Lingering hop bitterness really remains on the palate after the sweetness clears. A really soft velvety texture to it, kinda hard to describe.

By the liter, I can't wait until we get this back on tap the sixtel was gone in a day or two, while the pils didn't last much longer. The Stoudt's did us all justice when they brought all bottling back in house another example of why PA breweries kick ass in the lager categories. If you plan on picking some up grab more than a bottle this one is case worthy if your buying any Oktoberfests this season. For me this isn't a style I'm really crazy for but this one puts it together so well, it's incredible. That's comparing it to Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbrau, Great Lakes, Victory, Penn, Samuel Adams, and Weyerbacher versions that I've already tasted this year.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark golden orange color. Two finger white head has amazingly long retention. Ringing lacing left on the sides of the glass as I drink this one down.

S- Sweet bready caramel malts overlay everything in the aroma. A light toasted malt as well. Some grassy earthy hops in the tailend are almost undetectable...a nice clean smelling beer.

T- Taste follows the aroma perfect. A fantastic Oktoberfest beer...the perfect amount of everything in the taste. Wow!

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light caramel malts linger on the palate and long into the aftertaste. Alcohol is lightly drying on the palate. Flavors are blended so well for the style and well most beers.

D- This was a nice drinkable beer that I almost wish they made year round. I would be trading for this all the time if that was the case. A great drinking beer!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red-to-red-orange body, good clarity, plenty of carbonation streams, all topped by three fingers of puffy off-white froth, which laces well.

Strong assertive aroma of fresh bread really sells the beer.

Sweeet malty start, featuring some semi-sweet chocolate. Sweetness yields gracefully and smoothly to the noble hops, which balance but never overcome. Toasty. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full but not heavy at all. Drinkability is excellent, as should be for the style.

Stoudts delivers another fine German lager, how they made their mark. One of the better US O'fests.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours crystal clear, somewhere between dark gold and pale copper, with a solid three finger white, fluffy head with excellent retention. Delicate lacing left on the sides of the glass as the beer recedes.

Nose is light - bready sweet malt, just a hint of toast, just a bit of grassy hops coming through. Very nice aroma, spot on for what I look for.

Taste is excellent as well. A bit dry, the lightly bready body with just a touch of caramel is the perfect foil for the nice layer of grassy hops on top. Finish carries just a kiss of bitterness. Excellent, and quite fresh, example of exactly what I look for in an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, beautifully carbonated with a light touch. Just a bit dry for the style.

Drinkability is phenomenal. Perfect balance, great flavor, excellent mouthfeel. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of moosejaw7
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a fantastic Oktoberfest beer. You could put this up against any Bavarian offering and it would still stand out as great.

A very nicely malted nose leads the mouth into a beautiful harmony of flavor and drinkability. I had to stop myself from finishing a whole sixer in an hour's time. It just goes down so nicely, but not in that way where you don't notice. Every sip makes me happy.

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Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear dark gold color with a redish hue. Great foamy white head and lace. A few bubbles.

S. Mild rye and lagerish scent.

T. The first taste is a wonderful explosion of cinnamon and space, perhaps some rye.

M. It has a crisp and refreshing taste.

O. Definitely one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever had.

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Photo of beep71
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, it has a nice 1/2 head that dissipates to a lace that follows down the beer. Really nice rich amber color. A malty smell with a very faint hint of fruitiness. Not as crisp as I prefer, but very drinkable. Overall, another nice beverage from Stoudts- I haven't been disappointed yet!

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Photo of FatSean
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another wonderful lager from Stoudt's. This beer shares the biscuity/bready malt profile I loved in their Helles and Pilseners. A bit low on scent, but otherwise an excellent Oktoberfest: easy to drink!

It's even 5.0% which means I can enjoy a few more without getting too intoxicated. This sixer was $11.99 at my local good beer store, which seemed a bit steep. Other Stoudt's product (non-imperial/double) sell for $9.99. A bit expensive I felt, but still a good brew.

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Photo of ebby82
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber into a pint glass with very little head retention.

The aroma is very sweet. Sweet, bready malts, perhaps a bit of toffee.

The taste is quite sweet and malt forward. Toasty bread like malt. Little to no hop presence.

Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

A bit early for the Oktoberfests, but I could definitely drink lots of this in a few weeks. A very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this case at the Beer Mart. I drank it in a pilsner glass. No date on the case, which pisses me off. The bottles have expiry date on them (1/2/06), but in Pa. you usually gotta buy a case. Date on the case, please!

Pours a beautiful orange/amber with a 1/2 finger head of beige colored foam. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent lacing on the glass. Looks pretty well carbonated.

Aroma is delicate bready malt, not even slightly fruity, with a gentle hop spiciness. Smells slightly toasty sweet.

Flavor is delicate toasted doughy malts, an easy hop bitterness, and a kiss of spicy hops. The flavors in this are all soft, clean, and delicious. Aftertaste is so clean and malty and nice!

Mouthfeel is smooth and malty. Perfect amount of residual sugar here. Carbonation is fairly soft. Finish is smooth and sweet.

I can't imagine a much better O'fest. The aroma and flavor are delicate but impressive; makes you want more! Highly recommended.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cidery orange color. Appears light-bodied but also hazy. Full finger of bone-white head. The look clears up as it warms. Looks very thirst-quenching.

The smell is bitter but sweet/flowery malt. Topped by fresh, bitter hops. The flowery smell of the malt and the bitter hops are a good balance on the nose. Very leafy and autumnal.

The bitterness comes through in hops and malt, but is muted by the smoothness of the oily, fresh hops. Just a tad less fresh and smooth than a harvest ale. Spicy orange and even a hint of nutmeg? Quite a nice ale, indeed.

The feel is spicy on the tongue. Medium-bodied but milky as it warms up. Leaves a light, pleasant film. Overall it's really a terrific brew; a fresher, smoother version of the typical Oktoberfest.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, pours a gorgeous crystal clear copper with a nice white head that sticks around for a long while. Nose is caramel, grainy malt, and a slight vegetal note, nothing too impressive. The taste on the other hand is excellent, a nice full doughy malt, slightly nutty, with a nice gentle touch of hops to finish things out. So smooth and creamy, so delicious, so easy to drink. This is a suberb Oktoberfest, seek this one out if you can find it.

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Photo of theaceofspaeder
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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